30 Leyte areas step up nat’l ID registration drive

30 Leyte areas step up nat’l ID registration drive

TACLOBAN CITY – At least 30 towns and cities in Leyte province have opened their registration centers for the second step of the national identification system, the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) said on Wednesday.

The opening of registration centers by 30 pilot areas in Leyte is part of the gradual rollout of the second step, which involves biometrics capturing of the pre-registered individuals in designated registration centers.

“All who went through step 1 are now reporting to registration centers. Those who were interviewed last year are the priority. We also accommodate walk-in registrants if there are no more queues,” PSA Eastern Visayas regional director Wilma Perante said.

As of April 30, at least 841,087 persons in Leyte went through step 1 registration involving the collection of demographic data, while 342,464 individuals finished step 2 involving the validation of supporting documents and capturing of biometric data.

Leyte is among the 32 priority provinces in the nationwide registration. PSA will expand the coverage to other provinces by mid-2021.

Signed into law by President Rodrigo Duterte in August 2018, Republic Act 11055 or the Philippine Identification System Act, aims to establish a single national ID for all Filipinos and resident aliens.

Those registered with PhilSys will get a Philippine identification card which contains a quick response (QR) code with the owner’s two fingerprint data and a unique 12-digit identification number called the PhilSys number assigned upon birth or registration to the PhilSys.

The national ID system seeks to achieve a more efficient distribution of government aid to low-income households, easier and faster access to government services, easier transactions, and applications to anything requiring a government-issued proof of identity. (PNA)

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